You’re going to FLIP for this smoky spin on a Whisky Flip Cocktail. Delicious and tart, smoky and complex, this Smoked Saskatoon Rye Whisky Flip is absolutely perfect for holiday entertaining. Sprinkle a little cinnamon or fresh ground nutmeg on top for an extra festive treat.
*I was absolutely thrilled when Breville Canada sent me one of their smoking guns to play with. This is one fun cooking tool to play with and I can’t wait to do more smoky experiments with food and cocktails. As always, this opinion is my own.
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My Whisky Flip Cocktail Inspiration
This Smoked Saskatoon Whisky Flip contains all the flavours that I love in a cocktail and is perfect for late autumn/winter evenings.
At first glance, it may seem like there are a few intense flavours. However, one sip and you’ll love how they play together on your palate.
This flip cocktail is creamy like egg nog, but has delicious smoky berry flavours accented by a hint of cinnamon.
Where Did the Flip Cocktail Originate?
A ‘flip’ is a classic cocktail with a storied 300 year history. Originally it was warm concoction consisting of beer, molasses, and rum drunk by sailors at sea.
This fortifying mixture was mixed with eggs, then passed back and forth between containers so that it became frothy. Soon after the cocktail arrived on the shores of America, where it was often heated with an iron fireplace rod instead of in a ship’s galley.
This newer heating method most likely lent a bitter, or smoky dimension to the cocktail.
The Modern Day Flip Cocktail
Fast forward to ‘modern times’ in the late 1800’s when more familiar Flip Cocktail versions appeared. The drink was served chilled and consisted of a whole beaten egg, sugar, and some sort of spirit or fortified wine.
There were many versions including those made with brandy, rum, gin, bourbon or whisky, port, brandy, and sherry. Many of these versions are still popular to this day.
How to Make a Great Flip Cocktail
When creating any cocktail recipe, there are several factors to consider. The drink must be well balanced, harmonious, and it must leave you wanting more.
For a Flip Cocktail, the texture must be smooth and luxurious, similar to an egg nog. The best way to get that creamy texture is to aerate the cocktail in a stainless steel Boston shaker.
First, we start with a ‘dry shake’. That is, all the ingredients are placed in the shaker and given a vigorous shake sans ice.
Next, ice is added to the shaker for the second, or ‘wet’ shake. For most cocktails 12 seconds of shaking is ideal, however, for textural cocktails made with eggs or cream 30 seconds is a good rule of thumb.
Remember, this cocktail requires an aerated texture!
A Word on Smoking Cocktails with a Smoking Gun
During a chat with a local bartender, I learned that having a fat or protein component in a cocktail ensures that the smoke molecules have something to cling to.
He also encouraged me to experiment using two different smoking methods; both internal and external. If you prefer a cocktail with a good measure of smoke, insert the end of the tube directly into the cocktail just before you dry shake it.
Alternatively, for just a hint of smoke, use a smoking cloche (or adequately sized trifle bowl) and allow the cocktail to sit hidden by smoke for a minute or two.
Helpful Items for this Recipe
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- 4 oz Rye Whisky (I used Eau Claire Distillery Ploughman's Rye Whisky)
- 1 oz Green Walnut Liqueur (Croatian Orahovac. I used one from Burwood Distillery)
- 1/2 oz Luxardo liqueur
- 2 oz unsweetened Saskatoon Berry juice
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- 2 eggs
- Cherry wood chips
- Place the first 5 ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Dry shake (without ice) for 15-20 seconds. *see note
- Add 1/2 shaker full of ice to the cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
- Distribute cocktail between two waiting coupe glasses.
- Place one coupe under a clear glass smoking cloche or deep bowl.
- Fill the barrel of the smoking gun with cherry wood chips and insert the nozzle under the cloche.
- Ignite the smoking gun and allow the smoke to fill the cloche.
- When the cocktail is no longer visible, quickly remove the nozzle from the cloche and allow the smoke to remain for a full minute.
- Lift the cloche and sprinkle cinnamon over the top of the cocktail.
*Note: If you do not have a cloche or deep glass bowl, you can smoke the cocktail directly by placing the smoking gun nozzle into the cocktail after the dry shake step. Then add ice and shake as directed in step 2. Pour directly into the coupe glasses and sprinkle with cinnamon garnish.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 609Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 560mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 7gSugar: 26gProtein: 15g
Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.